If you’ve hung around this blog for long, you will probably recognize the name of the anthology magazine Fiction River. It’s been a while since I reviewed one of the issues. (No, I won’t look up how long; it will just depress me.) I’ve dipped into them (I have a subscription), but I’ve not managed to finish any. That statement shouldn’t be taken as a reflection on the quality on the contents but on my available time.
Anyway, I couldn’t resist reading the current issue given the theme. (All issues of Fiction River have a theme.) Editor Mark Leslie has put together a top-notch anthology.
The stories contained herein aren’t all stories of a fantastic nature. Some are, and those tended to be the ones I liked the most. Every story deals with fear in its many forms. Some didn’t work for me, because the things the author dealt with don’t scare. Spiders for example. I’m not scared of them. Snakes, on the other hand. That’s not to say the stories weren’t well written and even effective. Just that those particular fears are not ones I share with the authors.
Here’s a look at some of my favorites. Continue reading